Joe Biden held his first official press conference on Thursday, and it didn’t take long for things to go off the rails.
Though Biden only answered many questions from preapproved reporters, he told at least one lie so big that even a left-wing fact-checker called him out for it.
“Thousands, tens of thousands of people who are over 18 years of age and single people, one at a time coming, have been sent back, sent home. We’re sending back the vast majority of the families that are coming,” Biden said.
“We rated his claim False,” Politifact reported, hours later. “While most adults coming alone are being expelled under a public health law, the same is not true for families, according to federal data.”
“In February, the latest month for which data is available, Border Patrol expelled about 41% of families (which can include a child and at least one parent) who arrived at the southwest border. Authorities turned away more than half of families in January, about 64%. Most of that month fell during the Trump administration,” the fact-checking site outlined.
Politifact also noted that Biden “blamed Donald Trump for the surge of migrants at the southwest border, saying his predecessor dismantled the country’s immigration system and failed to provide enough beds for child migrants.”
“Biden downplayed the number of migrants crossing the border, saying past years had seen similar seasonal increases,” the site said.
The crisis at the southern border has only worsened since Biden took office.
The Department of Homeland Security has released at least more than 23,400 border-crossers into the United States interior since February.
Between February 1 and March 22, Biden’s DHS released nearly 23,430 border-crossers into the U.S. interior after apprehending them at the United States-Mexico border, the data shows.
For context, the totals indicate the Biden administration has released a foreign population into the U.S. via the southern border that is more than double the population of Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Likely hundreds, potentially thousands, more border crossers have been released by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, the figures for which Breitbart News has not received at the time of this publication.
From March 1 to March 22, alone, Biden’s DHS released nearly 15,600 border-crossers into the U.S. interior. DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas previously suggested border crossers receive testing for the Chinese coronavirus before their release, though the agency has yet to confirm any such testing and quarantine requirements.
Many Republicans have criticized Biden’s immigration policies.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy went off after visiting a massive facility overflowing with illegal immigrants, saying it was “worse than we thought.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell did not mince his words either when discussing Joe Biden’s handling of the crisis.
During an interview on Fox News, McConnell flat-out said that Biden “owns” the border crisis, and that, “It is, by definition, an emergency.”
Former Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security Alexei Woltornist, who served in the Trump administration, is calling on Congress to investigate the Biden administration’s “cover-up” of the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.
During an appearance Tuesday night on Fox News, Woltornist directly accused Biden officials of lying about the situation at the border and said Congress must look into the worsening crisis.